Tenn. officer charged with rape

Ginny LaRoe, Staff Writer
Copyright 2005 Chattanooga Publishing Company
Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tennessee)

A Chattanooga police officer was charged Tuesday with raping a 22-year-old East Ridge woman, authorities said.

Officer Michael Adams, 41, turned himself in Tuesday evening after the rape charge was filed in East Ridge City Court, according to Capt. Tim Mullinax with the East Ridge Police Department.

An East Ridge resident reported the incident to police there Nov. 3, according to Capt. Mullinax.

He said charges were not filed until Tuesday because witnesses and the suspect had to be investigated. The detective working the rape case was investigating other cases, as well, he said.

"The only thing we did differently was inform the Chattanooga Police Department on what the investigation was about," Capt. Mullinax said.

Chattanooga Police Chief Steve Parks, who was out of town Tuesday on business, said he was aware of the situation. He said the officer was placed on personal leave Tuesday.

"He is not going to be on the street," Chief Parks said. "We will monitor this case through the court system."

Officer Tetzel Tillery, a spokesman for the Chattanooga Police Department, said Officer Adams has been with the department for two years.

The East Ridge woman told police that Officer Adams was an acquaintance and had sexually assaulted her in her residence, according to Capt. Mullinax.

Officer Adams' preliminary court date is set for Jan. 9, 2006. He was released from custody in East Ridge on a $1,000 bond Tuesday evening, Capt. Mullinax said.

Chief Parks said the police department's internal affairs division opened an investigation Tuesday afternoon into the alleged incident.

"(Officer Adams') status may change based on what comes out in court," Chief Parks said.

E-mail Ginny LaRoe at glaroe@timesfreepress.com 
December 7, 2005

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